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Daily Clip 9/25/17
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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods .

 

Federal Government notifies 21 States, including Virginia, of election hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached…

Uninsured rate drops in Virginia, but more in other states

The uninsured rate in Virginia has declined slightly since 2013, but not as much as in nearby states that opted for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Four years ago, the state’s uninsured rate was around 13.1 percent, according to…

Bristol Virginia teachers paid less that state, national averages

Teacher salaries in Bristol, Virginia, lag behind the average pay in the state and nation. In the 2016-17 school year, Bristol Virginia Public Schools teachers made about 5.2 percent less than the state average from the…

Drone testing park or more broadband? Hampton Roads group endorses both for funding

Two ideas seeking a share of GO Virginia grant money have at least one thing going for them: an endorsement from the 17 member cities and counties in the Hampton…

Dominion abandons plan to build power lines near descendants of ex-slave in Northern Virginia

The Dominion Energy utility company Friday announced that it will no longer seek to build new power lines through a Northern Virginia community where descendants of an ex-slave have lived for generations…

Sweet Briar celebrates Meredith Woo at her presidential inauguration

Though she officially came on board in May, she was inaugurated Friday in a ceremony on the Sweet Briar campus, where students, staff, faculty and alumnae celebrated their new president…

Developer denies architects' claims in Petersburg hotel lawsuit

The Maryland company behind a planned conversion of the former Ramada Inn disputes claims from a lawsuit by a Shockoe Slip firm that it is owed upwards of $150,000 for services related to the project…

Ashland, Hanover fighting to win over state officials on Federal Rail Project

With the plans for a federal railroad project still uncertain, Ashland and Hanover County have reluctantly entered a contest to persuade state officials to choose the option that would be least detrimental to their respective communities…

Proposed drug law raises fears of another compounding tragedy

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, says a law he's proposing about compounding pharmacies would help rural patients and doctors. Pharmacists are on his side, but some patients and advocates warn…

Highway traffic in Botetourt County is headed for a new kind of roundabout

Assuming all goes as planned, the new configuration at the Exit 150 interchange off Interstate 81 in Botetourt County will do two things: Ease congestion at a spot where three major highways converge, and provide access to prime development land in…

As NC pollution concerns grow, so do environmental budget cuts

Just days after North Carolina environmental regulators began looking into a potentially hazardous pollutant in one of the state’s biggest rivers, state lawmakers cut their funding. In the new budget they passed June 22, legislators ordered the…

FCC inquiry sees contention over Broadband standards

An FCC inquiry into the state of nationwide broadband deployment proved contentious as an initial comment period closed Thursday, with industry groups arguing that…

Drug Cos. behind on safety studies, researchers say

Drug companies aren’t submitting required post-approval studies for their drugs on time and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn’t being diligent enough in pushing them to do so or taking action against them, a group of researchers from…

Mortgage and banking groups express concern over efforts to derail an overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Fifteen mortgage and banking groups expressed concern that there are efforts to derail a comprehensive overhaul of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…

Trump officials adopt 'base'-first strategy on nuclear and coal

The Trump administration has found a new strategy for pushing coal and nuclear power over wind and solar.In a shift from the Obama administration, Trump officials are putting a high priority on what is known as “baseload” power in the electric grid…

Voters in Virginia’s Governor’s race disagree on priorities for the state

With six weeks remaining until Virginia elects a new governor, voters have differing top priorities depending on whom they want to win, according a new poll released today. Most voters, regardless of whom they back, said…

Stadium shutout

Years ago, a colleague of mine became an economic development director for a large city. One of the first assignments the mayor gave him was to complete a study to assess whether building a large public stadium would provide fiscal benefits to the city.

What enviro lawyers should be watching at the High Court

A new U.S. Supreme Court term kicks off next month, when the justices will hear a closely watched battle over where challenges to the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule should be filed, and decide whether to review a slew of other environmental cases involving questions such as…

Minor and Treacy: Higher education in Virginia tunes up economic growth

Tomorrow, the Virginia Business Higher Education Council will launch a 100-day campaign to promote reform and reinvestment in our commonwealth’s top-ranked higher education system. The program, called GROWTH4VA, has a three-fold purpose…

Stuck on 81 again?

We expect there is rarely a day that goes by that readers of this page are not affected in some way by traffic problems on Interstate 81, which runs north and south throughout the region connecting the most populous areas of the Shenandoah Valley. And so we expect that…

Governor, General Assembly blocked billion -dollar refund to utility customers

Thanks to legislation passed in 2015, Virginia’s two largest investor-owned electric utilities will pocket more than $1 billion in overcharges over the next seven years, according to the State Corporation Commission…

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